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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Politics As Usual? IFC Gets Election Doc, Fest Buzzes About D.O.A.P., an

    Politics may end up being one of the hot topics at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. While muckraker Michael Moore will be talking in the spotlight Friday night at the festival, with clips from two new films, IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's...

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    TORONTO '06 DAILY DISPATCH: Oh, Canada! Toronto Fest Looks North to Launch 31st Fest

    Launched in 1976 as the "festival of festivals," the Toronto International Film Festival has grown into the greatest film event in North America, rivaled only by Cannes as a leading showcase, market, and discovery zone for international cinema. Of the 352 films screening at this year's event, which opens Thursday inight, 91% are having their official world, international or North American premiere at this year's festival and many will be courting buyers from around the world. The massive festival will unspool on some 23 screens around the city, with most press and industry showings concentrated in the Yorkville neighborhood. Zacharias Kunuk a...

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    DISPATCH FROM TELLURIDE: Imagined Reality on Display at Weekend Telluride Fest; Pences Say Goodbye

    The 33rd edition of the Telluride Film Festival (see indieWIRE's recent lineup story), which took place over the past few days in the small Colorado mountain town, will not only be known for launching such films as "The Last King of Scotland," "Fur", and "Little Children" or honoring Penelope Cruz and Walter Murch, it will also be remembered as the final festival for event co-founders Bill Pence and Stella Pence. On Sunday, the Pences surprised attendees by revealing that the will retire from the event that they created in 1974 with James Card and Tom Luddy. Gary Meyer has been named to take over alongside Luddy immediately, while the new lea...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: "Ira," "Abby," and "Mario" Win in Audience Prizes; Fest Salutes "Sunshine" and "Qu

    Boasting an attendance of more than 80,000 this year, Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival came to a close Sunday night at the Wadsworth Theater in West Los Angeles. On its final night, celeb presenter Christina Applegate announced two feature audience awards -- the fest-goers chose "Ira & Abby," written by (and co-starring) Jennifer Westfeldt and directed by Robert Cary, as the winner of the narrative audience award. The film, a true crowd-pleaser here in L.A. this year, marks Westfeldt's return to the festival following the successful launch of her first feature "Kissing Jessica Stein" here five years ago. The feature about modern r...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: Can Films Save The World? Talking "Chalk" and "Getting Down" In L.A.

    Asked to answer the title question during a Los Angeles Film Festival poolside chat earlier this week -- Can Films Save The World? -- "Paradise Now" director Hany Abu-Assad said flatly, "no." Leading off the discussion by dismissing its concept altogether, the filmmaker added, "I didn't make the fil...

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    Frameline30: Mature and Still Hot

    In some of life's occupations (and preoccupations), turning 30 is a point many would prefer to defer. Supermodels, acrobats, and San Francisco gay men among them. Yes, "maturity" is "nice" in theory -- but facial lines, thinning hair and a body-fat percentage that no longer stays low all by itself c...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: "Gretchen" and "Deliver Us From Evil" Win Big Award$ in L.A.

    Cash prizes totaling a whopping $100,000 were doled out to a pair of grateful filmmakers here at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday night. Steve Collins won the $50,000 cash Target Filmmaker Award for his first feature film, "Gretchen," while the Target Documentary Award, which also included...

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    LA FILM FEST '06: Words of Wisdom From Harrison Ford; "Beyond Conviction"; and Are Costumes Fashion?

    Hollywood was again in the spotlight at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival Monday night in Southern California. Big-time director George Lucas welcomed festival filmmakers to Skywalker Ranch last week for the pre-fest retreat, and on Monday Han Solo himself joined participants for the annual Filmmaker Reception. While actor Harrison Ford, one of this year's honorary co-chairs at the LA Film Fest, didn't seem to spend too much time meeting and greeting filmmakers at Monday's L.A. Film Fest party at the W Hotel in Westwood, he did take the stage to leave attendees with a few words of wisdom (most of which are included below). The much-appreciat...

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    LA FILM FESTIVAL '06: Westfeldt Back at LA Film Fest, With "Ira and Abby"; And Linklater Chats

    Five years after finding success at the Los Angeles Film Festival with "Kissing Jessica Stein," where the film won the audience award and was subsequently acquired by Fox Searchlight, writer and actress Jennifer Westfeldt returned to the fest with her latest film, "Ira and Abby." Westfeldt again wro...

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    LA FILM FESTIVAL '06: "Prada" Opening, Lucas Hosts Filmmakers, Gore on "Green Day" and More

    The Los Angeles Film Festival got off to a glamorous start Thursday night with the L.A. premiere of David Frankel's "The Devil Wears Prada" in the heart of the event's new neighborhood, Westwood Village. Though the Fox release is clearly Hollywood fare (with a cast that includes such boldfaced names...

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